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Home Sweet Home: Utica’s Garden Neighborhoods, 1913-1929 explores the history of the South Utica neighborhoods designed by the Olmsted Brothers. This exhibit was created and installed by local architect Michael Lehman and former Oneida County Historian Virginia Kelly.  The exhibit is scheduled to close on June 30, 2018.  Join us to celebrate Utica’s architectural masterpiece one last time during the exhibit’s final days.
Discover the impact of the Great War on Oneida County and the region's role in this international battle. Opening August 2018.
Monday, June 4 from 6:00-7:30 pm- Gallery “Walk & Talk” - Home Sweet Home: Utica's Olmsted Garden Neighborhoods

Join exhibit creators Michael Lehman and Virginia Kelly for an indoor gallery “walk & talk”of Home Sweet Home: Utica’s Garden Neighborhoods, 1913-1929.  Explore the history of the South Utica neighborhoods designed by famed landscape architecture firm the Olmsted Brothers. Co-hosted by the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica.

Wednesday, June 6 at 5:30 pm- History Show & Tell

History show & tell returns to OCHC. Come share your story and the stage with special guest Frank Tomaino and your host, Joe Kelly. Bring an old photograph, personal artifact, or other memorabilia. Community members are invited ‘show & tell’ or just listen. Free and open to all ages. Call 315-735-3642 for more details. 

Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 pm- A Nest of Vipers and a Den of Devils: Antirevivalists and Religious Liberty in the Burned-Over District

Oneida County's significance during the Second Great Awakening as the "burned-over district" has long been long established, but many histories of this period often only consider those revivalists who welcomed evangelicalism and have neglected those who opposed the revivals with equal fervor. Join Dr. Peter Van Cleave to examine the arguments made by antirevivalists and the complex debate over religious liberty that emerged in the burned-over district during the 1820s.

13th annual ochc telethon raises over $24,000!

Our selfie scavenger hunt returns this August! Explore Mohawk Valley history through this interactive, county-wide scavenger hunt.  Grab your camera to learn about the people, places, and events that shaped Oneida County and your community. Clue sheet and instructions coming soon!


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AUGUST 1st - 31st, 2018

World War I Exhibit Coming Summer 2018

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The Oneida County History Center raised over $24,000 during our 13th annual telethon held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm. The telethon was broadcast live on WUTR-TV from the history center’s main gallery and encouraged community members and organizations to call in and pledge. Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who showed their support.
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Over 75 individuals joined together May 18-20 to celebrate the role of women in local history and promote women's issues in the greater Mohawk Valley. Speakers included experts in women’s studies and history, and community leaders that are currently shaping the Mohawk Valley. Speaker bios available on

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Home Sweet Home Closes June 30, 2018